An Avalanche Of Fun With Redseven’s Winter Stag And Hen Sports Trips

How about an utterly unusual winter sports escape for your upcoming stag or hen do? Let Redseven organise and plan the perfect winter trip for your party. Offering both south France skiing and Budapest bobsleighing trips, Redseven will ensure you have an unforgettably festive stag or hen bash.

Redseven skiing weekend

Impress your party with a dynamic skiing jaunt. Stunning Nice in the south-east corner of France is the destination of your two-night stay, and you’ll have plenty of time to experience the fantastic nightlife and French cuisine. For the skiing excursion, you’ll be rushed over to the Côte d’Azur, where your gang will spend a full day skiing (boots and skis provided).The ladies out there should not be put off by the macho tag attached to skiing, as these trips are proving to be highly popular with stag and hen weekends alike. Prices start at£213 a person and include two nights’ accommodation, pre-booked hotel and airport transfer and rep service, a full day’s skiing with ski pass, boot and ski hire, and transfers.

Redseven bobsleigh trip

If skiing’s not for you, but you still fancy a winter getaway, then two nights in Budapest bobsleighing might be more up your street. You will be taken to a nearby bobsleigh run and experience speeds of up to 40mph down the 700m track. Don’t worry: you won’t just be bobsleighing – you’ll still have plenty of time to explore the bars and clubs of Hungary’s nightlife-famous capital. A £106-a-person package consists of 2 nights’ accommodation, Budapest airport to hotel shuttle, bobsleigh (five runs), fast-track VIP admission, and a hotel to Budapest airport shuttle.

Get in touch with Redseven at www.redsevenleisure.co.uk and let an expert party planner do the hard work for you, while you sit back and await a truly legendary experience.

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Coupe de France de Hockey Comes to Paris

The Coupe de France de Hockey will be played out at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy and is sure to provide plenty of thrills and spills for an excited audience.

Taking place on January 30th 2011, this showpiece ice hockey event could offer a great day out for sports fans with Paris hotel bookings.

Attendees can expect to see the best teams in France face off on the ice to try to take home the 2011 Coupe de France de Hockey. One thing is for sure, the atmosphere will be electric as a result of a crowd of more than 13,000 people squeezing into the venue for the occasion.

France has a celebrated history in ice hockey and travellers heading to this high-octane event will be treated to some top quality skills.

The country is currently ranked 14th in the world in the sport.

Tourists staying in nearby accommodation such as the Hotel Wallace Paris can purchase tickets for the match online or at the box office at Bercy.

Admission to this ice-cool occasion ranges from €19 (£16.15) to €44 depending on where people want to sit.

The location is no stranger to hosting sporting contests, with an all-star basketball match being played there in December and a handball tournament taking place in January.

For more information on this event, visit the Bercy website or contact the venue on +33 01 40 02 60 60.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk offers a wide variety of accommodation in Paris, such as the Hotel Alyss Saphir Cambronne Eiffel Paris.

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Get Wild with the Murderdolls in Paris

Murderdolls are set to perform in Paris in the new year, which is sure to attract plenty of punk and metal fans to the French capital for the show.

The gig is part of a European tour kicking off in January that will see the group take in concerts in Germany, the Netherlands and a variety of other destinations.

Guests at hotels in Paris will be able to catch the act led by Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and singer Wednesday 13 on January 29th 2011 at Elysee Montmartre.

The pair are the driving force behind Murderdolls, with several other musicians having played in the band since its formation in 2002.

While long-term fans may be familiar with tracks from debut record Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls, many enthusiasts may decide to head to the show from nearby accommodation such as Hotel Antin Trinite Paris to hear songs from their latest album Women and Children Last.

The LP was released earlier this year and the group have said they believe the production standards are far higher than on their first record.

An indication of Jordison’s skill is that the musician features on the front cover of Modern Drummer magazine this month.

Tickets for the Paris show cost €29 (£24.60), with the concert beginning at 19:00 local time.

For more information on this event, visit the Elysee Montmartre website or contact the venue on +33 01 4492 4547.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk offers a wide variety of accommodation in Paris, such as the Hotel De France Lyon Bastille.

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Paris’s De Stijl Show ‘A First’

A new exhibition in Paris called De Stijl has been described by its organisers as a first for France.

The team behind the display at the Centre Pompidou – on show until March 21st 2011 – claimed there has never been a proper retrospective in the Gallic nation of the movement led by Piet Mondrian.

Guests at Paris hotels have the opportunity to learn all about the work he carried out and how it fitted into the wider form of artistic expression.

“Beginning towards the end of the century’s first decade and continuing through the twenties, De Stijl combined an aesthetic and social vision, total art, which forms a basis for understanding the sources of modern art,” a spokesperson from the prestigious venue commented.

They went on to say that De Stijl and the work of Mondrian were key moments in the canon of 20th century art.

The artist was described as a central figure in the avant-garde movement between 1912 and 1938, with his influence felt in a variety of spheres, including the design of furniture, graphics and sculptures.

Attendees can head to the exhibition from nearby accommodation, such as Novotel Paris Est, from 11:00 to 21:00 local time every day except Tuesdays, when the complex is closed.

Admission costs between €8 (£6.80) and €12, depending on when people visit and whether they wish to see the museum’s permanent collection.

For more information on this event, visit the Centre Pompidou website or contact the venue on 020 7369 1731.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk features a wide variety of accommodation in Paris, such as the Villa Beaumarchais Hotel Paris.

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Celebrate Republic Day in Goa on 26 January 2011

There are three national holidays in India and one of them has become so spectacular that it is seen by many people as the greatest festival on earth. Republic Day is on 26th January and marks the annual celebration of the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress at midnight on December 31, 1929 – January 1, 1930.

Not to be confused with the end of British rule in 1947, which is celebrated on August 15, Republic Day marks what can be known as the beginning of the end for the British as nationalists revealed the Indian flag and pledged to keep striving for an independent India.

India’s full military hardware is out on display for Republic Day, marching past in all its shiny glory through the centre of the capital, New Delhi, which is the centre of the action, although the day is honoured elsewhere in the country such as down south in Goa. Goa hotels will fill up fast with people wanting to enjoy the spectacular parade.

Tribal groups accompany the marchers, bedecked in traditional costumes revealing the eye-popping range of regional costumes and abundance of tribal traditions, providing a riot of colour. There are few places in the world that are so ethnically diverse and this is the day when everyone comes out to show their colours.

It is magnificent. The day ends with an awe-inspiring display from the Indian Air Force as they fly past pumping out coloured smoke to the delight of the thousands of revelers.

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Mint Hotel Opens New Tower Of London Hotel

The recently re-branded Mint Hotel (formerly known as City Inn) has this week opened its 2nd London hotel and 7th hotel location in total. The Mint Hotel Tower of London is a four star accommodation offering the same uncompromising standards of quality as ever.

The rooms, all 583 of them, are equipped with iMac entertainment systems, complete with high-speed internet access and Skype availability. Guests are also treated to a complementary DVD library.

Dependant upon their choice of suite, customers can expect extensive living room areas as well as separate bedroom and bathroom spaces. Some of the rooms even provide stunning views of the Mint Hotel Tower of London landscaped garden.

The building, which represents the largest hotel within the City of London, has been designed with the surrounding environment in mind, and was built in compliance with the highest environmental standards. The hotel boasts a landscaped wall rising from the lobby to the rooftop terraces.

The rooftop bar offers unrivalled views of the London city skyline, with spectacular vistas of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and the the Thames River.

The location of the new hotel in Pepys Street is excellent, only minutes from some of the major attractions in the city, including Oxford Street, Fenchurch Street Station, and Covent Garden. Located between the old and modern areas of London, the hotel bridges the gap between such contrasting styles, and blends seamlessly with the neighbouring architecture.

Within the guest rooms, floor to ceiling windows allow natural light to pour into the room, a theme which permeates throughout the hotel spaces, from the private meeting rooms to the SkyLounge rooftop bar.

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Bookings For Organised Tours Escalate With The Onset Of Bad Weather

Journey’s of Distinction, Managing Director, Karen Gee says: “We have noticed an increase in bookings since the onset of bad weather. We put this down to people being concerned about travel disruption and cancellations. They want the security of knowing that they are covered and that their planned itinerary can be re-organised by us. They are also safe in the knowledge that their money is secure. The thought of a long, cold winter is always good for the travel industry.”

More people are realising the benefits of organised, luxury escorted tours. It’s always been assumed that there are advantages to organising your own holiday and being independent. It can seem more adventurous to plan your own itinerary and discover things for yourself but more and more people are now realising that there are distinct advantages in taking an escorted tour.

The current trend amongst travellers is for well-planned escorted tours. It is an entirely different experience to what one might expect. Fears of organised, package holiday style coach trips, group sight-seeing and the inane chatter of a tour guide typically put people off an escorted tour. The reality, however, could not be more different. With planned itineraries by teams of professionals, clients have the benefit of knowing that should their flight be cancelled or their trip disrupted, our experts will be able to re-organise their holiday.

At Journeys of Distinction, we have seen an increase in demand for our organised tours. All the tours have a distinct and individual feel and there are many options for personalising tours by adding additional visits and extras such as rail journeys and extended stays. This appeals to the once-independent traveller.

Journeys of Distinction offer organised tours all over the world with Asia escorted tours to lndia, Japan and China as well as Australia escorted tours, New Zealand and the USA.

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easyJet Gives New Flexibility To Get Disrupted Passengers Home

easyJet, this evening announced that to enable more people to get to their destination in time for the festive period, it is to allow its passengers who have been disrupted to transfer their return flights free of charge to any airport served by the airline.

easyJet flies to 122 airports in 29 countries and this innovative move will give new options for those passengers whose flights were unfortunately cancelled due to the adverse weather over the weekend. easyJet is planning to operate around 1000 flights a day during the festive period – providing over 150,000 seats for passengers.

easyJet, the largest UK and 4 th biggest European carrier, is doing everything it can to look after its passengers. Despite the closure of a number of airports this morning and the knock on effect of the weekend’s weather the airline is planning to operate over 800 flights today – around 85% of its flying programme.

Since the start of the recent bad weather, easyJet has experienced a dramatic increase in emails/calls from its passengers. To assist its passengers it has recruited 180 additional contact centre staff and is doing the best it can to keep up with the high volume of contacts.

easyJet has been keeping its passengers informed of the status of their flights through its website which is updated regularly and via email and text messages to passengers. Over 60,000 emails and over 36,000 texts have been sent in the last week. Hotel accommodation has also been provided to those stranded far from home with 36,000 people being accommodated tonight and over the weekend (Friday 17 – Monday 20 December).

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Explore Your Senses With Get Tactile In Paris

Paris’s Palais de la Decouverte is showcasing an unusual exhibition entitled Get Tactile, which allows visitors to explore their sense of touch.

Travellers with Paris hotel bookings can check out the installation until March 13th 2011 at the venue and attendees are encouraged to interact with everything in the collection.

According to the organisers, the show is family-friendly and allows people to look at the way their senses work.

“The exhibition is full of fun and, with a wealth of sensations, offers a great opportunity for children in particular to enjoy the freedom to explore,” they added.

Attendees from nearby accommodation such as Hotel Des Arts Paris will find they not only investigate the physical sense of being touched, but also the concept of being emotionally affected.

Unusually, visitors will be asked to take their shoes off before entering the display area, as this will allow them to take in all of the sense-exploration on offer.

Admission to the exhibition costs €7 (£5.95), but there are concessions available.

Opening hours at the centre are from Tuesdays to Saturdays between 09:30 and 18:00 local time and 10:00 to 19:00 on Sundays and public holidays. The complex is shut on Mondays.

Anyone getting to the Palais de la Decouverte by January 25th could also check out the Marine Alliances show.

For more information on this event, visit the Grand Palais website or contact the venue on +33 1 5643 2020.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk offers a wide range of accommodation in Paris, such as the Kyriad Brancion Hotel Paris.

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Medical Conference To Take Place In Chennai Between 6 And 8 January 2011

DirectRooms.com is happy to announce one of India’s largest material handling trade events of the year, which will take place from January 6th until the 8th, 2011. Held in the east coastal city of Chennai, the event is open to visitors from all walks of life and is an excellent opportunity for people to get together and share ideas and information on the latest products.

This high profile event is being organised by INIS Enterprises Private Limited and will be a platform for members of small and medium enterprises logistics as well as the materials handling sectors to get together. One of the highlights of the event will be a two-day conference and seminar, which is set to touch on a wide range of aspects of the industry.

The SME Expo Logistics and Materail Handling event will be held at the Chennai Trade & Convention Centre, which is fully equipped with everything visitors need. A large number of leading Chennai hotels are located close by, while those who book a little extra time for their trip will be able to spend it relaxing and unwinding on one of Chennai’s beaches.

Lek Boonlert, the marketing head at DirectRooms.com commented: “More than 60,00 members of the medical community are expected to travel to Chennai to take part in the conference. Naturally, hotels will reach maximum capacity at this time and visitors will need to secure their room in plenty of time, preferably by booking online.”

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New General Manager Brings Wealth Of Experience To Bespoke Hotels’ Prestige Barbados Site

Treasuew Beach, Barbados is delighted to announce that it has appointed Jason Patterson as its new General Manager.

Jason Patterson has joined the luxury hotels group having acquired a wealth of experience in managing high-end hotels across the Caribbean. He was most recently General Manager of the Pink Beach Club, Bermuda, and has also held high-ranking posts at prestigious locations in Abu Dhabi and the Maldives.

He has shown particular aptitude for leading a successful team and increasing the brand awareness at the luxury world hotels in which he has worked.

Of his new job, Patterson said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Treasure Beach Hotel and I’m looking forward to working with the team to enhance the hotel’s excellent reputation and make it the must-visit Barbados hotspot.”

Treasure Beach Hotel has 35 luxurious, individually designed guest rooms, many of which are equipped with their own plunge pool, and enjoy impressive Caribbean Sea views. The suites are set in a crescent around the hotel’s freshwater pool and tropical gardens, providing the sort of luxury for which Barbados is renowned.

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Winter Tyres – Must Be Booked In Addition To Car Hire, Warns Carrentals.co.uk

Skiers are being advised by leading price comparison website Carrentals.co.uk to ensure that winter tyres and snow chains are booked as part of their car hire in order to guarantee availability and avoid incurring extra charges.

Winter tyres and snow chains usually incur an extra charge by the majority of car hire companies. However, because many skiers expect that these will be included in the price of their vehicle hire, they fail to request them at the time of booking. This causes problems with supplier and extra charges for last minute requests.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “many winter holiday makers can find the varying laws on winter tyres to be confusing. They expect that winter tyres will be included with their car hire, but many car hire companies class this as an additional extra. If requested winter tyres come as part of a ‘snow pack’ and costs vary depending on the company. “

The laws and recommendations regarding winter tyres are as follows:

Country – Winter Tyres Requirement
Austria – Compulsory between 1st November and 15th April
Canada – Recommended for mountain driving or snowy conditions, but not mandatory
France – Recommended for mountain driving or snowy conditions, but not mandatory
Italy – Recommended during the winter months as weather conditions cannot be predicted
Sweden – Compulsory for Swedish registered vehicles between 1st December and 31st March
Switzerland – Not mandatory, but drivers may be fined for not having winter tyres fitted if involved in an accident
Germany – Not mandatory, but drivers may be fined for not having winter tyres fitted if involved in an accident
USA – Recommended for mountain driving or snowy conditions, but not mandatory

“When travelling to countries like Geneva or Milan, customers may not require car hire to drive in the mountains and so companies do not assume that winter tyres are needed, which is why they ask that skiers request them at the time of booking. Winter tyres should be booked well in advance to guarantee availability and avoid any hidden charges.

Drivers are advised to carry snow chains at all times just in case conditions require them.

Gareth adds that, “Although customers may rent snow chains from their car hire company of choice, these come at a cost and may not be used. It is recommended that these are purchased from a local supermarket and then they can be returned if they are unused.

Current deals on car hire in ski destinations include, rental from £15 per day at Milan Malpensa Airport; Calgary Airport from £26 per day; from £24 per day at Geneva Airport; and Salzburg Airport from £21 per day.

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Dubrovnik And The Adriatic Coast More Popular Than Ever

Specialist tour operator Newmarket Holidays says that 2011 will be a bumper year for Croatia holidays, with visitors drawn not only by some of the Mediterranean basin’s most scenic locations and the traditional lures of sunshine and warm waters, but by the fact that the country still lies outside the Eurozone – something which holidaymakers are making more of a priority than ever in these straitened times.

Beautiful Croatia and its stunning southern neighbour Montenegro share a coastline studded with jewels, the most sparkling of which is the walled city of Dubrovnik, Newmarket’s chosen gateway.

The operator’s Dubrovnik hotels are based in two areas, popular Cavtat – the ancient Greek Epidaurum and a favoured watering hole of wealthy Austro-Hungarians in the early twentieth century – and on the Lapad peninsula close to the city.

While some folk will spend their time close to hotel or beach, others will set off in exploration on excursions in the company of knowledgeable guides keen to lift the lid on Croatia’s fascinating past and burgeoning present.

Dubrovnik itself, with its marbled streets, city gates, medieval palaces, Baroque churches and encircling walls is fully deserving of its much-quoted soubriquet ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’, although several other settlements along the coast run it close for sheer beauty and charm.

North along the Dalmatian coast, the ancient island-town of Trogir, with its Romanesque cathedral and seafront promenade, draws crowds to its time-warped jumble of palaces, churches and hidden courtyards, while – further north – Split, former home to Roman Emperor Diocletian, and present-day Croatia’s second city, is another lively centre.

In between, the modern resorts of the Markaska Riviera, and the enticing offshore islands that are the weekend hideaways of Croatia’s emerging leisured classes – as well as a Mecca for recreational sailors – have their charms.

Many visitors make the journey along the River Neretva valley into Bosnia and to historic Mostar, where the restored bridge – once a symbol of war-torn Yugoslavia – is now one of its successor’s most potent tourist draws.

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Siem Reap Gears Up Chinese New Year on 3 February 2011

DirectRooms.com reveals that Cambodia’s Siem Reap is preparing a series of activities for Chinese New Year that will see the city come alive with traditional dances and firework displays.

To mark the beginning of the year of the rabbit on 3rd February 2011, people in Siem Reap and many cities throughout Cambodia will be hosting parties and getting together with friends and family.

Siem Reap has a large population of Chinese residents and so the city will be the scene of many boisterous celebrations with local dance troupes performing in processions. Chinese dragons accompanied by crashing drums and the loud bang of fireworks will fill the streets as people celebrate the New Year.

A number of stalls and restaurants will also be serving a traditional dish of ‘Samlor Chab Chhay’ which is cooked especially for the occasion. Visitors can try the soup of grilled pork and duck as well as many Chinese favourites that will be served throughout the event.

For visitors booked into Siem Reap hotels there is also the chance to head to one of the nearby temples around the city where one of the rituals performed on the day sees people burning money as an offering to the spirits.

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Putting Road Safety First in the Snow – Plus Offers on Top Name Kit

In launching the Road Sense 2010 campaign, carrentals.co.uk has got together with companies who supply everything you will need to plan a safe trip and offers reduced prices for a large range of clothing, accessories, emergency kits and high visibility gear. So anyone heading out can take advantage of range of clothes and accessories that’ll see you fully armed for facing the winter roads.

Winter brings many challenges for us all as snow and ice make road safety an extra concern as people across the UK deal with the winter weather, to help travellers UK’s top cost comparison site, carrentals.co.uk, has pulled together a diverse collection of road safety packages to help travellers make their journeys with confidence.

Parents are always worrying about their children’s safety and even more so when the weather is creating further challenges, so it’s worth noting Cyberglow.co.uk’s 20% reduction on its exciting collection of children’s reflective waistcoats and accessories and that there is 10% off high visibility bags, reflectors and clothing from Brightkidz.co.uk.

Shoppers looking for quality brand names can also save while keeping warm this winter as there’s 10% off all winter clothing at Outdoorlook.co.uk, which stocks Regatta, Helly Hansen, Hawkshead & Hi-Tec – you can look and feel hot at the same time!

There are so many different types of safety products that sometimes it can feel confusing. But it is important to go for quality. For a good price with a quality product then save yourself money at Me-Mo.co.uk where there’s a 20% reduction on accessories, they stock everything you need before heading outside to face the winter wrath such as digital tyre inflators, ice scrapers and rechargeable torches, as well as warning triangles and much more. It’s also worth getting on of the 15% off emergency car kits from SurvivalBox.com, which has everything you will need if you get stranded.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “It’s been clear to us for some time that travellers should think ahead and prepare before making trips in challenging conditions. Getting the best products at an affordable price means more people will be safe on the roads. Our Road Sense campaign has seen us engage with people how urgent the need is to keep safe in the bad weather. We are proud of the companies that we are working with who all bring an exemplary amount of knowledge to the table when it comes to road safety and winter travel. Increased visibility and safety on the roads this winter is our aim through the use of high visibility clothing to emergency car kits, making safety first on the roads.”

Carrentals.co.uk is the UK’s leading car hire comparison site, comparing deals from brands including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt.

All discounts are available at www.carrentals.co.uk/roadsense2010

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Tomo Savic Gecan Display In Paris ‘One Of A Pair’

A new display in Paris will form one half of Tomo Savic-Gecan’s latest installation, which is split between the French capital and Bergen in Norway.

The high-concept show sees a room of exactly the same proportions created in Paris’s Jeu de Paume facility and in the Norwegian Bergen Kunsthall.

From this starting point, visitors enter the installation and cause the other room to get smaller by tiny degrees, with this applying to both areas.

“Tomo Savic-Gecan constructs artworks that literally exist between present and future, here and there, between one public space and another and between the minds of a viewer – wherever they might be – and the institutional space of the exhibition,” noted the organisers.

This show – called Untitled – is available to view until February 6th 2011 and is likely to appeal to contemporary art enthusiasts booked into a hotel in Paris over the winter.

According to the venue, Savic-Gecan is attempting to create a piece that transcends space and time.

This is not the only intriguing show the artist has created in his career, with a previous installation seeing visitor numbers control the temperature of a swimming pool in Tallinn, Estonia.

Admission costs €8.50 (£7.20) and guests at nearby accommodation such as the Hotel Darcet Paris can attend between 12:00 and 21:00 local time on Tuesdays, 12:00 and 19:00 from Wednesdays to Fridays and 10:00 to 19:00 at weekends.

For more information on this event, visit the Jeu de Paume website or contact the venue on +33 01 47 03 12 50.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk offers a wide range of accommodation in Paris, such as the Hotel le Pasteur Paris.

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Explore Work of Gustav Mahler in Paris

Hotel Paris guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Gustav Mahler with a trio of concerts that showcase how his compositions were influenced by light music.

The first of the three shows will take place on Friday January 14th 2011 and will see the Radio France Choir take to the stage with Nathalie Steinburg and Mathieu Pordoy on piano and Matthias Brauer conducting.

It will feature several tunes by famous composers such as Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, as well as a selection of Viennese songs – all of which brings together the music that Mahler adored, according to the organisers.

“Waltzes and other dances or folk songs appear in most compositions by the Viennese maestro and are crucial to an understanding of his work,” they added.

The other two shows follow a similar vein and take place on Thursday March 24th and Thursday March 31st. They are being led by The Philharmonics with Bernarda Fink, and Angelika Kirchschlager and Helmut Deutsch respectively.

All the performances kick off at 20:00 local time in the Auditorium, with attendees from nearby accommodation such as the Hotel Faubourg Parisable to buy tickets starting from €12 (£10.15).

An exhibition devoted to Mahler will be staged at the arts space in 2011 to celebrate the centenary year of his death.

For more information on this event, visit the Musee d’Orsay website or contact the venue on +33 1 4049 4814.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk offers a wide range of accommodation in Paris, such as the Novotel Paris la Defense.

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DirectRooms.com – Learn To Be A Diving Instructor In Koh Samui From 6 To 17 January 2011

DirectRooms.com reports that Koh Samui in Thailand will be holding courses to teach people how to become a diving instructor in January.

The worldwide recognised PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) will be held at The Dive Academy on the island and will take participants through each of the steps and skills needed to become a fully qualified instructor.

The course is made up of two parts, the first being the PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course which is followed by the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course. The AI course develops the skills in people to be able to teach others about diving safely while covering the PADI standards and procedures.

After successfully completing the AI course candidates can then move on to the OWSI which goes into greater detail about presenting and contains a series of workshops. People that have passed both programs are then eligible to take the PADI Instructor Examination which is the final test before becoming an instructor.

People looking to attend the course will need to book Koh Samui hotels over 6th to 17th January 2011 when the program takes place.

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Combine A City Break With Ski From Four Top Locations

Cheapflights.co.uk, the UK’s leading website for travel deals comparison, predicts the season’s hottest trend to be combining city breaks with ski trips in four of Britain’s favourite holiday destinations including Malaga, Barcelona, Geneva, and Rome.

“Destinations like Spain , Italy and Switzerland have long been UK favourites for travel during different times of the year, so it comes as no surprise that travellers would stop off to enjoy seasonal festivities in their preferred cities on the way to a ski break,” says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights.co.uk

City sun and ski fun in Malaga

While flights to Malaga are normally packed with Britons headed for the beach, predictions show that this season, they’ll be equally as full with those headed for the snow.

Stopping off to take in the city’s magical festive scenes in the form of stunning decorations, masses of lights, flowers, concerts and more than 200 traditional cribs, travellers can continue on to enjoy some of Europe’s best skiing a mere two hours away. Resorts include:

•  Sierra Nevada : home to the Alpine Ski Championships in 1996, which more adventurous skiers can enjoy this season, it has a vertical drop of 13000 metres and snow to accommodate all levels from beginner to expert. Designed by European and American specialists to guarantee superb conditions, it has 61 kilometers spread over 39 runs and six sensational off-course trails. The resort is just 90 minutes drive from international airport is Pablo Picasso Airport in Malaga (AGP), which is its closest airport

The Easterly slopes of Barcelona

Travellers are familiar with its impressive cultural attractions, nightlife, world-class cuisine, and shoreline, but the city also boasts a range of ski resorts just two hours from the city.

This season, travellers can climb aboard flights to Barcelona for a city break complete with Christmas lights, festive food markets, and six different tree attractions before enjoying slopes such as:

•  Valter 2000: close to the Mediterranean and best suited to beginners and intermediates, Valter has direct access to 13 individual pistes above 2500 metres served by 8 ski lifts with skiing and snowboarding assured throughout the season

•  La Molina: established in 1911, Spain ‘s original ski centre now boasts villages at 1400, 1600, and 1700 metres with tree-lined trails overlooking the Cerdanya Valley . Best suited to intermediates and beginners

The nativity and snow scenes of Rome

Flights to Rome during the festive season mean stalls of Christmas goodies, nativity scenes, and the city’s largest Christmas market at Piazza Navona. However, they also mean onward journeys to the snow with resorts including:

•  Terminillo: officially located in the exact centre of Italy , the resort accommodates skiers of all levels from beginners to experts with 26 kilometres of country trails, and nine ski lifts, and 27 individual pistes. Its highest lift is at 2108 metres, and the lowest is at 1614 metres. Special apres ski activities include a cinema and nightclub

•  Roccaraso: the 70 individual pistes of this extensive resort are most suited to intermediates with 110 kilometres of ski, 27 ski lifts. It’s highest lift is at 2140 metres, and its lowest piste sits at 1240 metres

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Hotels-Paris.co.uk – Be Fascinated by Larry Clark in Paris

An exhibition devoted to the work of celebrated filmmaker Larry Clark will be available for travellers to view in Paris until January 2nd 2011.

The director is also a talented photographer and has been producing pieces using this medium for many years.

While many guests at Paris hotels may be more familiar with films such as Kids and Bully – both acclaimed for their stark and shocking view of modern teenagers – but he has a significant back catalogue of images.

Some of these are stills from his films, which have starred actresses such as Bijou Phillips and Chloe Sevigny, but others are simply pictures captured by Clark, who the venue described as having haunted the US with his quest for the naked truth.

“Organised in close collaboration with Clark himself, the exhibition sums up a fifty-year oeuvre with over 200 original prints, most shown here for the first time,” explained the organisers.

Fans of one of his most recent productions – Wassup Rockers – may be especially to head to the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MaM) from their nearby accommodation such as the Avia Hotel Paris, since the display shows series of pictures chronicling the life of the main character of the film Jonathan Velasquez.

Attendees must be 18 years old or over, with admission costing €5 (£4.25).

The building is open from 10:00 to 18:00 local time from Tuesdays to Sundays, with late opening on Thursdays until 22:00.

For more information on this event, visit the MaM website or contact the venue on 0844 8000 400.

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